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A new book evaluates whether natural gas is a ‘transitional fuel’ to a low-carbon future—or perhaps, more like a methadone addiction that’s tearing apart rural communities.
Growing up in northern West Virginia in the 1970s, I remember seeing a lot of big white plastic candy canes sticking out of the ground, marking the natural gas pipelines that ran just below the surface. You’d encounter them along streams and fence lines and the backcountry roads that always made me carsick. What I didn’t realize as a kid was how much of my family history was intertwined with those hidden gas lines.